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1976 poetry reading by Velvet Underground's Angus MacLise is released on tape

Counter Culture Chronicles captures a reading at the Millennium Poetry and Multimedia Performance in New York City, three years before his death

Unearthed poetry readings by the American occultist, publisher, drummer and founder member of Velvet Underground have been released. A member of La Monte Young's The Theatre Of Eternal Music, Angus MacLise also founded Dead Language Press alongside Piero Heliczer, and co-founded the Spirit Catcher Bookshop in Kathmandu, where he had moved with his wife Hetty McGee and son Ossian in the early 1970s. He would live in Nepal until his death in 1979, aged 41.

In 1976 MacLise travelled to New York City and read poetry to a backdrop of Nepalese music at the Millennium Poetry and Multimedia Performance on 17 September, the recordings of which can be heard on this Counter Culture Chronicles cassette.

Angus MacLise's The Kathmandu Cycle features laser printed J-card and insert and is available to order via

Released on his own Dreamweapon Press in 1974, and reissued by Sub Rosa in 2003, listen to “Four Speed Trance” from The Cloud Doctrine, featuring John Cale and Tony Conrad.

Inaugural edition of Gilles Peterson's We Out Here festival launched

The event brings Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids, Gary Bartz, Theo Parrish, Sons Of Kemet, Nubya Garcia and Kojey Radical to Cambridgeshire in August

Gilles Peterson, Brownwood and Worldwide FM will be staging We Out Here: A Worldwide Family Gathering at the former home of Secret Garden Party at Abbots Ripton in Cambridgeshire. It will be the first public festival happening at the site since 2017.

The line-up so far confirmed showcases a mix of electronic and jazz musicians including Gary Bartz, Idris Ackamoor, Sons Of Kemet and The Comet Is Coming, Kokoroko, Moses Boyd, Kojey Radical, Children Of Zeus, Call Super, Objekt, Josey Rebelle, Skee Mask, Theo Parrish, Adrian Sherwood & Horace Andy, Francois K and Mike Dunn, plus Channel One Soundsystem and Dennis Bovell. Food, drink, wellbeing activities, talks and family activities are scheduled to be announced soon.

Festivalgoers are invited to camp on site or arrange their own accommodation elsewhere. Boutique camping is also available. The festival runs from 15–18 August. Tickets start at £156.

Shelter Press publish first volume of Spectres

The inaugural edition in new series features contributions from François Bayle, Drew Daniel, Brunhild Ferrari, Eliane Radigue, Chris Watson and others

Composer L’écoute/Composing Listening is the first volume of Spectres, a new annual series about to be launched by Shelter Press. Published in both French and English, the book is conceived as both “a prism and a manual”, featuring essays by musicians, composers, field recordists and sound artists.

“Following the ‘traditional’ arc of electroacoustic composition (listen–record–compose–deploy–feel), each of the contributions collected together here focuses in on a personal aspect, a fragment of that thrilling territory that is sonic and musical experimentation,” say Shelter Press, describing the practice as “first and foremost a spirit, the spirit of the exploration of unknown territories, a spirit of invention”.

Contributors include Félicia Atkinson, François Bayle, François J Bonnet, Drew Daniel, Brunhild Ferrari, Beatriz Ferreyra, Stephen O’Malley, Jim O’Rourke, Eliane Radigue, Régis Renouard Larivière, Espen Sommer Eide, Daniel Teruggi and Chris Watson.

Spectres: Composer L’écoute/Composing Listening was compiled by François J Bonnet of INA GRM and Bartolomé Sanson from Shelter Press. It's printed with a thread-sewn soft cover and comes in a print run of 1200. It's published on 7 March.

Turquazz Festival launches in March

The new festival brings two weeks of Anatolian jazz and roots culture to London

Aiming to shine a light on Anatolian jazz and roots culture from Turkey and surrounding regions, Turquazz Festival takes place at various venues across London from 13–30 March, with concerts, DJ sets, film screenings and talks, as well as a pop-up dining hall.

The festival's aim isn’t to define Anatolian jazz and roots music, says director Batu Akyol. “It’s the first edition and we really wanted to give London the ABC of Anatolian jazz,” he explains. “The programme is full of personality with a familiar jazz language yet with its own Anatolian twist. Music, food, cinema, dance and talks – there’s really something for everyone.”

The line-up includes Erkan Ogur’s Anatolian Blues Project, Yarkin Duo, The Origins featuring Baris Demirel & Tolga Zafer Özdemir, and Can Cankaya & Kagan Yildiz. Screenings at East London Dalston’s Rio cinema include Akyol’s Jazz In Turkey, Sercan Sezgin’s Nublu, Nezih Unen’s Lost Songs Of Anatolia and Serdar Kokceoglu’s MIMAROGLU. Featuring Debora Ipekel, the closing party will be held at Brilliant Corners.

The full festival line-up can be found on their website.

Night club flyer book launches crowdfunding campaign

Mike Pendegast chronicles rave promos in Flying Over England

A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to fund a new book by rave documenter Mike Pendegast. Called Flying Over England, it’s a history of club night flyers and posters from the 1980s and 1990s, a time when Pendegast was travelling to raves up and down the country. The publication is divided into two volumes. The first features more than 150 pages of flyers, and in the second Pendegast gives his account of that era.

“1991–93 was the golden age of rave art with flyers developing from photocopied, black and white scribbles of the late 80s to highly elaborate works of illustration,” declares the Kiss Kiss Bank Bank campaign page, where the book can be pre-ordered with a full refund guarantee if its target is not reached.

At the time of writing 41 per cent of the total has been achieved, with 21 days to go. The book is published in collaboration with Dukes Editions, and you can see a selection of its flyers in The Wire's online gallery.

“Graphic art provides the input and the output will sound literally unheard of,” says Letra / Tone festival

This March Andrea Belfi & sound artist Jessica Ekomane, Demdike Stare, and Schneider TM will present interpretations of works by graphic artists

Between 8 & 10 March, Radialsystem in Berlin will host Letra/Tone Festival for Graphics and Music. The experimental festival will have a host of artists interpreting works provided by a roster of international graphic artists through a set of performances and an accompanying exhibition.

Following in the footsteps of composers like Earle Brown, Morton Feldman, John Cage or Karlheinz Stockhausen, the festival hopes to pick up where they left off, continuing the tradition of experimenting with alternative notational systems.

Artists on the line up include Andrea Belfi & sound artist Jessica Ekomane, Demdike Stare, percussionist Robyn Schulkowsky, turntablist Dieb 13, JASSS, electro duo Blotter Trax (Magda and TB Arthur), Magda Mayas, Schneider TM and Jimi Tenor & Nefertyti.

Graphic scores will be provided by Anke Fesel, Daniela Burger, Joe Gilmore, Julie Gayard, Katja Gretzinger, Scott Massey, Stefan Gandl, TS Wendelstein and Sulki & Min. There will also be an audio-visual installation by Hanno Leichtmann and Toby Cornish. Baby Vulture, Mieko Suzuki and Judith Crasser will DJ in between shows.

22a's Tenderlonious releases new Ruby Rushton LP and shares single

The quartet release Ironside on 5 April and announce tour dates

22a founder, flautust and producer Ed Cawthorne aka Tenderlonious has announced a fourth LP for his quartet Ruby Rushton. Ironside follows on from the 2018 Tenderlonious release The Shakedown. Also coming up on 22 February is a limited edition release of the album single “Eleven Grapes”.

Ironside is said to take its title from an old English name given to “one who is courageous, possessing great physical and mental strength” and also references the famous US TV series soundtracked by Quincy Jones.

“This record is more disciplined and thought-out,” says Cawthorne. “The Shakedown was a free, unplanned jam, but this has detailed arrangements with lots of changes.

“The tracks are shorter too – they’re more concise, as is the whole thing, which makes it more accessible. I like the idea that people can play the album quickly, then play it all over again.”

It has the group go from a six to four piece, with drummer Tim Carnegie replacing Yussef Dayes, who'll be joining Aidan Shepherd on keys and Nick Walters on trumpet and percussion. Cawthone leads on flute, soprano sax, synths and percussion.

Also announced is a host of tour dates throughout March and April, and the reissue of Trudi's Songbook Volume One & Two.

Ironside is released by 22a. Listen to “Eleven Grapes” from the forthcoming single.

I Am Damo Suzuki biography to be published by Omnibus Press

Can singer announces new biography co-written by Paul Woods

A biography of Damo Suzuki is set to be published on 28 March. Co-written by Suzuki and Paul Woods, I Am Damo Suzuki tells the story of the Japanese musician who left home for Europe as a teen, eventually settling in Cologne where he would meet the members of Can and become their lead singer. The publication is complemented by interviews with family, friends and collaborators, and spans six decades.

“The main point of this whole book is my philosophy and dreams,” explains Suzuki. “My time here is becoming less and less. In a way I am strong. I survived major surgery, I’ve lived as a young adult in a foreign country (where) many times I wasn’t supported by any kind of institution, but I survived. I have found the strongest way to seek truth now.”

Co-author Paul Woods previously wrote The Curious Life And Work Of Scott Walker. Suzuki will be in conversation at London's Rough Trade East (25 March) and Rough Trade branches in Bristol (26) and Nottingham (28). He'll also be performing at London The Lexington (17 March), Birmingham The Hare & Hounds (19), Oxford Jericho (21), London St Mary’s Music Hall (23), London The Windmill (24), Dewsbury The Socialist Club (29), and Preston The Continental (30). Finally, he'll be in Wales on 5 April at The Laugharne Weekend.

I Am Damo Suzuki is published by Omnibus Press. Pre-order available now.

Remastered recordings on For Example: Workshop Freie Musik 1969–1978

Triple LP set documents the first ten years of the annual Free Music Workshops in West Berlin

More material has been culled from the vaults of FMP Records for the third release from the BeJazz reissue series. Limited to edition of 200 copies, Workshop Freie Musik 1969-1978 is presented in restored original packaging and comes freshly remastered. It also includes an 140 page booklet with contributions from Steve Lacy, Misha Mengelberg and Peter Brötzmann.

Over three LPs the release documents the first ten years of the free music workshops in West Berlin, chronicling the evolution of European free improvisation. Note however, that there weren't any recordings made at the inaugural event in 1969, with first recordings coming from the 1972 workshop with the Schlippenbach Trio, Brötzmann/Van Hove/Bennink with Mangelsdorff, Frank Wright Unit, and Willem Breuker Orchestra. Also included is a 1975 session featuring Vinko Globokar’s Brass Group, a group with 11 trombones, a French horn, and tuba. The other 1975 recording is a trombone solo from Paul Rutherford.

You can buy all this for €100 from Sound Ohm.

Resonance Fundraiser 2019 starts 1 February

Special events and auction intend to raise £100,000 for the broadcaster to relocate

London community station Resonance celebrates its 17th anniversary this year, and as usual February has them launch their annual fundraiser. As with 2018's effort, the station has set a target of £100,000 to fund an urgent relocation of the station due to redevelopment of the London Bridge area. They also plan to expand their programme to facilitate growth and sustainability.

Fundraising efforts include on-air fundraising, special events and an online auction, where listeners can bid on a selection of paraphernalia and experiences via their eBay auction house. Up for grabs is a Ghanaian meal for two with Sonny Decker, a ten issue bundle of compilations featuring artists working with field recordings, one Baba Yaga's Hut VIP pass, piano tuning by Art Terry, a COUM Transmissions 1973 Cease To Exist poster, Colombian lunch and a tour of Brixton Market with financial journalist Neil Wilson, and a consultation with psychotherapist Mark Dunn.

Special events include Club Integral & Is Black Music's event on 7 February with The Apathy Band, Rita Braga, Eugene Coyne, Flameproof Moth, The Department Of Internal Affairs, and Art Terry & The Sex Madness Orchestra. Also, a Resonance All-Star Avant-Gala takes place at Iklectik on 8 February. That line-up includes Alabama 3, Bird Radio, Angharad Davies, Marjolaine Charbin, Ute Kanngiesser & Dimitra Lazaridou-Chatzigoga, Benedict Drew and Milo Thesiger-Meacham.

Resonance’s online auction starts on 31 January at 9pm (GMT) and runs until 10 February at 9pm. More information can be found on Resonance’s fundraising page.